Review: STORM CORROSION-”Storm Corrosion”

By Lane Oliver

People everywhere knew it was only a matter of time before Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson and Opeth’s Mikael Akerfeldt collaborated together. The two have worked with each other on their respective band’s albums in the past but everyone wanted them to come together to create their own original music. 2012 has granted that wish in the form of Storm Corrosion.

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Shut Up and Give Us More AT THE DRIVE IN Pt. 2: Stream The New OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ Album

 

 

You know what I realized today? We are almost halfway through the year and there hasn’t been one Omar Rodriguez Lopez release…. What the fuck, right? Normally the dude puts out an album every time he has to take a shit. Well, the prolific guitarist literally just posted his new album, “Un Corazón De Nadie” on his Bandcamp page.

Now I know that most of his albums don’t sound the EXACT same, but “Un Corazón De Nadie” is the most stylistically drastic album he has released as a solo project. The new album is almost completely void of the familiarity that is Omar‘s guitar playing. Instead of taking the traditional prog route, he has opted to make an ambient almost electronic album instead. Some of the songs almost remind me of a throwback to 80′s electro-pop stuff like Eurythmics (Sweet Dreams). I can’t say that I really enjoyed the album or will ever listen to it again, but whatevs. Check it out….

Oh, I just realized this too, every time the amazing Sparta try to do anything, they end up being overshadowed by Omar… God damn it, What a pretentious fuck! lololololol

 

– Josh Huddleston

Follow me on Twitter – @keepitwolfson

 

 

American Aftermath Exclusive: DEAFHEAVEN Performing At SXSW ’12

 

During SXSW 2012 I was lucking enough to catch the post-black metal band Deafheaven three different times. The first time I saw them was at the Brooklyn Vegan showcase. They played right after Chelsea Wolfe (which is why I watched them). To be totally honest, prior to SXSW I wasn’t a big fan of these guys. I have a really hard time getting into most things black metal especially Shoegazy shit. I find it kind of boring.

However, I found my self really enjoying their sound in a live setting. I liked it so much that I made sure I was going to catch them again. The footage above is of the band performing the song Language Games at the Sargent House Records showcase. Enjoy.

 

– Josh Huddleston

Follow me on Twitter – @keepitwolfson

Shut Up and Give Us More AT THE DRIVE IN: SPARTA Releases First New Song In Six Years

 

Former At The Drive In members known as Sparta have released their first song in six years. The song is titled Chemical Feel and you can listen/download here. I assume the song will be featured on an upcoming release, I don’t know if there is actually one in production, but I would assume so. It would seem like this release is coming at a perfect time considering how Sparta has always been kind of forgotten but are now back in the spotlight with the $$$ grab At The Drive In reunion.

Chemical Feel comes off as sounding like a second-rate Thrice B-side. It’s not bad or anything but it’s very consistent with the level of mediocrity that Sparta is known for producing. I wouldn’t listen to this on my own, but at the same time, if a chick I was dating put it on, I wouldn’t scramble to turn it off. Fuck it, Jim Ward should just do what’s in his best interest financially, and try to keep At The Drive In touring….

 

– Josh Huddleston

Follow me on Twitter – @keepitwolfson

 

GAZA Releases New Track!

The lovable Jesus-hating bastards in Gaza have released a brand new track from their highly anticipated third full length,  No Absolutes in Human Suffering, which is due out July 31st via Black Market Activities. Brooklyn Vegan are hosting an exclusive stream of the track entitled “Mostly Hair and Bones Now”. The track begins with this solemn dissonant riff reminiscent in the vein of Neurosis but it soon kicks in with this extremely noisy/technical riff that absolutely crushes everything around it. The production (courtesy of Kurt Ballou) really shines on this thing. It’s angry, dissonant and completely vile. I love the shit out of it. Listen to the song above and read the lyrics below.

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Keep The Jeep Ridin: Watch TURQUOISE JEEP’s Short Film

 

The masters of Smang have done it again with their first venture into short films! The comedy RnB group Turquoise Jeep have released an awe inspiring love story in the form 11-minute short film. The film stars my favorite rapper, Flynt Flo$$y, as well as Young Humma, Whatchamacallit, Slick Mahony, and Pretty Raheem.

This artsy film chronicles the loss of Flynt’s significant other and their self realization that they are still deeply in love. Not only is the acting phenomenal but the soundtrack is banging (or should I say smangin’). “OHH AHH Sounds” contains two new hit tracks from Turquoise Jeep that will keep the jeep riding until the release of their next album.

 

– Josh Huddleston

Follow me on Twitter – @keepitwolfson

FANG ISLAND Releases New Track

The riff rockers in Fang Island will release their new album Major on July 24th via Sargent House. Stereogum have premiered the first single from the album entitled “Asunder”. The track is a sugar coated riff machine that fans of the band’s previous effort are sure to jam along to. I can’t wait until this thing drops! Check out the track now.

-Lane Oliver

KEITH MERROW Releases New Track Featuring JEFF LOOMIS

 

Studio musician Keith Merrow released a new track entitled Spice Dealer earlier this month. The track features a guest solo from the incredible Jeff Loomis (Nevermore). The song is pretty rad and is less djenty than Merrow‘s previous releases (which is a good thing in my book). So if you like tech metal with tons of shred then watch the video above and subscribe to Keith Merrow‘s YouTube channel.

 

– Josh Huddleston

Follow me on Twitter – @keepitwolfson

WTF Moment: VARG VIKERNES Is Programming A Video Game???

Are you guys ready for the most fucking kvlt video game of all time? In a recent interview Burzum mastermind Varg Vikernes let it be known that he was in the process of programming his very own game. And no, it’s not going to be some pussy ass linear game like those nerdy emo’s in Last Chance To Reason made. This shit is going to a fucking grvm RPG where you stab band mates and burn churches and shit! It’s going to be like Skyrim but with more classism and instead of Dragonborn, you will be Aryan born. Here is what Varg had to say about his upcoming game -

Are you still planning on the release of your own role playing game? What can you tell us about this, if anything at all?

Yes, very much so, but I am not yet sure exactly on how to do this. I expect to be asking for help from gamers to play-test the system and to get feedback, but I will do some proof-reading and add some more meat to the bone, so to speak, before I do so.

Note that I am not trying to revolutionize RPG gaming with this game or anything like that. I just wanted to add in a game some things I have always missed in other games and remove some things I didn’t like, and then create a setting I would want to play in myself.

It’s all done out of love for RPGs, and because I enjoy working with this.

Do you have any fond memories of your role playing game days you would like to share? I myself, with a few, select others, played the first edition AD&D only, and we still sometimes do, in the manner of the old Gary Gygax tradition of early RPG… We have created many characters and had much magic still, with some great opportunities to play out the character and personalities like Mackarel Dale the rouge; the druid Owck the gnarled or against villains we have created like Fitzworg the enslaver…

Oh, it is a very long time since I last played a game, and I think even back then, when I had the opportunity to play, my biggest fascination was the logic (or lack thereof) of the system itself, the technical details and gaming mechanics, the complexity of the gaming world, races, stats and so forth. I am a terrible friend, so I have lost all my RPG-friends, and I lost the last one many years ago, and have gained no new friends to replace them, so I relate to RPGs pretty much just like some autistic person trying to figure out in details how a complicated mechanical device works. Right now I just try to make a logical system and a logical world for it…

My fond RPG memories have mostly been lost, but I still remember how fun it was to even just have the PC party walk up to some ruined tower or a cave entrance, and then try to unveil the secrets therein.

Ah, you know; Det som engang var (“what once was”)…

oh man, poor Varg has no one to game with… I guess he got pissed at all the young posers on Xbox live who called him “nigger fag” last time he was trying to defend the white race on Call Of Duty… :(

Seriously though, how many of you would check out this losers game? I mean people have actually paid for his shit music in the past so someone’s gotta be looking forward to this, right? Thoughts?

– Josh Huddleston

Follow me on Twitter – @keepitwolfson

Enter The Black Church With BLACK SHEEP WALL

Black Sheep Wall’s highly anticipated follow up to I Am God Songs, No Matter Where It Ends, will be released on June 5th. Crustcake has an exclusive stream of a new cut from the album. “Black Church” doesn’t beat around the bush. This track just lays down thick, dirty sounding sludge riffs that absolutely devastate the ear drums. The song also features some nice harmonious moments that would remind one of bands like Pelican. This six minute, groove laden bastard is available for streaming now and I suggest you don’t sleep on it.

-Lane Oliver

Sample The MELVINS’ Upcoming Album

The Melvins will release their eighteenth full length LP, Freak Puke, on June 5th. Luckily, Amazon is streaming short snippets from the album right now! By the sound of it, this new record is going to be raw (much like their earlier records) and more rock oriented with some weird experimental dirges. Basically, it’s going to be Melvins doing what they do best; being the Melvins! Preview the album now!

-Lane Oliver